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Presidential Letter

Dear Members and Friends,

On behalf of ISARP, I hope that your new year has gotten off to a fantastic start and that the remainder of the year will be full of happiness, good health, and productivity. This year, ISARP will hold its annual meeting September 19th to the 21st in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Paul Lehrer and the Program Committee have been actively planning the workshops, invited addresses, symposia, and social events. As President of ISARP, I look forward to our upcoming meeting in the fall with great excitement.  Announcements and updates will be available on the Web at http://isarp.org/index.html

I would like to thank our friends and colleagues at the University of Leuven for hosting a stimulating conference last October. The scenery was beautiful, the social activities were well planned and enjoyable, and the program was engaging and well attended. Special thanks to Drs. Vlemincx, Van Diest, and Van den Bergh for their dedication and thoughtfulness in planning the conference. We were also honored to enjoy Phyllis Lehrer’s beautiful piano concert – what an absolute treat – we were all impressed with Phyllis’ artistry, skills, and professionalism. There has been much discussion of the Leuven research group’s investment in the future success of ISARP, and this was certainly demonstrated during the conference. We all have wonderful memories of our time in Leuven and look forward to returning.

I continue to be impressed with the scientific rigor of the ISARP programs over the years, and they continue to improve each year. In Leuven, presentations encompassed a wide array of scientific topics in respiratory psychophysiology.  These included issues of more basic functions of respiratory control, topics relevant to stress, anxiety, respiration and dyspnea, symptom perception in clinical populations such as children with asthma and adults with COPD, and experimental, longitudinal, and intervention approaches involving multi-level factors affecting relevant clinical outcomes in children and adults.  Our student membership also remains impressive. We are actively working on increasing the number of trainees who attend, as we recognize mentorship to be an integral component of our ISARP mission, and trainees represent the future of our organization.

I attended my first ISARP conference in Princeton, NJ as a post-doctoral fellow in 2004, ten years ago. Dr. Lehrer also chaired this conference. We are grateful for Paul’s dedication and investment in the success of ISARP, as he has agreed once again, to chair next year’s conference. I have had the honor of serving as ISARP Treasurer, Member-at large, and as Program Chair of the conference in Athens, Greece in 2011. Chairing the meeting in Athens was very special to me and to my family, and even more memorable to have you all there to celebrate our work in such a historically rich setting.  I have enjoyed observing how the research programs of our members have evolved and grown, resulting in many fruitful research collaborations among our members. I leave each conference having learned from each of your presentations, with new ideas to apply to my own research, stimulated by our conversations and our program.

I encourage you to submit an abstract to the Twenty First Annual ISARP Meeting in New Brunswick, and share your research with us. In particular, I encourage research that considers multi-level factors (biological, contextual, psychological, etc.) affecting outcomes relevant to respiratory psychophysiology, research that involves the use of novel techniques and assessments used in observational studies or interventions, and research results that have translational potential. It is clear that many of our members and colleagues are conducting innovative research using state-of the art methods that yield results to push this field forward in new and exciting ways. I look forward to learning more about your research and to the opportunity for more stimulating conversations in September!

Sincerely,

Daphne Koinis Mitchell, Ph.D.

ISARP President, 2014

International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology